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Poster: pokeyloki Date: Jun 21, 2009 7:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Tennessee Jed saved my life

My friend and I went to another show at (I think) Oakland Auditorium, we were almost late because we'd been trying to score something and came up empty handed. We got in about 15 minutes before the show started and split up to see if we could find anything. As I was going throught the arch athe side, where the corridor led to the bar area (where they were ALways playing John McLaughlin acoustic videos), and I saw this gal lounging against the side of the arch. I asked her if she knew where I could get some acid and she said sure! and pulled out this sheet of blotter. each square had a little red dragon on it, and over the whole sheet was a big red dragon. I got four and ate two, and went to go find my friend. When I found him I gave him the other two and he looks at it. each had a little dragon and one had a red line going across it from the big dragon. He looks at me and asks How many did you take? I told him two. He tore one of them in half and took the half and said You'd better stick with me.

The first set was pretty good, but I couldn't tell you what they played, then came break time, and I was starting to really come on. My friends cousin (who later turned into a scientologist)appeared with an armfull of stuff from the concessiion stand. He offered me a piece of chocolate fudge brownie, which I popped in my mouth without thinking. (By the way, here's a helpfull hint: if you are dosed, dont EVER eat a fudge brownie, espescially if there is nothing to drink.) My mouth didnt know what to do with it, and the entire world was taken over by FudgeBrownie, I think I was asphixiating. After 2/3 of an eternity, I finally got over it, but by this point I wasnt having fun anymore, and I was still coming on stronger and stronger. People walking by, talking, juttering and stuttering, the blue and red light cieling was caving in on me, everones face was blue on one side and red on the other. And I was slowly sinking into the basketball floor. (Did Oakland have a basketball floor? thats why I think it might have been Winterland) The floor was up to my calves, and I remember thinking I'm not going to make it...

And then the music started. Good Ole Tennessee Jed, and instantaneously I was Home Again. There may have been more spectacular songs I've heard or more historical shows, but for me the best Grateful Dead is the just plain old songs at shows I cant even remember what date, or even exactly where it was.

I tried looking it up but I cant find when this one was. Is there someone out there who can tell me?

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Jun 21, 2009 8:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tennessee Jed saved my life

Pokey, only bay area show I could find which opens a 2nd set with Jed is 2/22/74 - no wonder your mind was fried:


02-22-74 Winterland Arena, San Francisco, Ca. (Fri)

1: U. S. Blues, BIODTL, B. E. Women, Mexicali, Roses, B. T. Wind, TLEO, Big River, Loose Lucy, El Paso, Row Jimmy, Playin
2: Tennessee Jed, Me & My Uncle, Ship Of Fools, Race Is On, China Cat> I Know You Rider, Truckin> Nobody's Fault> GDTRFB
3: Half Step, Promised, Brokedown, Jack Straw, Eyes> China Doll> Wharf Rat> Sugar Magnolia
E: Uncle John's

My T Jed surprise: 10/31/85 Columbia SC - After the crazy Finiculli>Warewolves>Music opener aabout 3/4 way through 1st set they play T Jed and it seems like the first time I heard it in 100 years. I had just totaly forgotten they ever wrote the song. Enjoyed it greatly - never had that happen to me with any other tune. Even rare ones.

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Poster: pokeyloki Date: Jun 21, 2009 9:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tennessee Jed saved my life

Sad to say, 74 was before my time. Had to be somwhere between 78 and probably 82, but thanks for looking.

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Poster: headgdhead Date: Jun 22, 2009 11:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tennessee Jed saved my life

A '74 TJ was my ticket to the bus. I was a complete novice just gawking at everything going on around me when all of I sudden it was like a light switch going off in my head.

"Tennessee, Tennessee, at no place I'd rather be"

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jun 22, 2009 4:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tennessee Jed saved my life

It might not have been the first song of the set. I have a story somewhat similar to yours from Buffalo 9-26-81 - my one and only 'bad trip' - where I "came to" in the middle of Looks Like Rain. They'd been playing for almost an hour but I didn't hear one note of it, wherever it was I'd been ...

You may have been someplace like that, or maybe it was just an unusually long tuning break between songs.

This post was modified by fenario80 on 2009-06-22 23:15:17

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 22, 2009 10:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tennessee Jed saved my life

If a subject line like that doesn't bring Dire out of hibernation, nothing will.

Great story by the way. Excellent description of a voyage beginning to spin out of control, but rescued from the brink at the last moment. Just hard to believe that it was a TJ that saved you, but when its the boys, anything is possible.
The next most unexpected subject line would have to be "Touch of Grey cured my brain tumor".

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jun 22, 2009 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tennessee Jed saved my life

Dire Wolf? Is that you?